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by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth

Astus wrote:it is not correct to say that somehow the 8th consciousness is not born with the others. In fact, it's the 8th (and the 7th) that ensures the continuation throughout the realms.
So even though it is born with others, it must exist in the intermediate state so as to ensure continuation, musn’t it?
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth

I think it is, but note that the ‘eight consciousness’ is unique to Yogācāra. From further down the same article : The equation of ālāyavijñāna and tathāgatagarbha was contested. It was seen as "something akin to the Hindu notions of ātman (permanent, invariant self) and prakṛti (primordial substrat...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 24
Views: 539

Re: Agency

‘Empty’ =/= non-existent! To equate emptiness and non-existence is the ‘extreme of nihilism’. Empty means ‘empty of own-being’ - not self-originated or self-caused. Buddha Nature ‘not being object of connsciousness’ is key. It’s not a ‘this’ or a ‘that’ or anything else as is prior to all distinctio...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How many Amida Buddhas there are?
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: How many Amida Buddhas there are?

It might be of interest to note that etymologically the meaning of the name ‘Amida’ is ‘immeasurable’ or ‘measureless’.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Vanished threads list
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: Vanished threads list

They’re not actually deleted, but moved to a space where they’re only visible to the moderators. The moderator guidelines are generally not to delete posts or threads but to move them, with the exception of obvious spamming and trolling i.e. people who join simply to advertise etc whose threads are ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 24
Views: 539

Re: Agency

It is merely a question of distinguishing between conventional use of language versus the insight into the nature of phenomena that results from ultimate analysis. So Two Truths, right? Truth of conventional designation, saṃvṛti-satya, and ultimate truth, paramārtha-satya. Is that about the gist of...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 24
Views: 539

Re: Agency

Apart from moving, how could there be a mover? I can see the logic, but in everyday experience it is not hard to envisage an object that is at rest, that has been moving. A stone is thrown through the window, evidence of movement is provided by the breakage of the glass and the presence of the ston...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3333

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Thank you.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3333

Re: What is Dzogchen?

well, perhaps not, but the question stands.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3333

Re: What is Dzogchen?

One question that often occurs to me in these debates is, from whence arises the 'energy of bodhicitta' in all of this? After all bodhicitta-compassion is the fundamental driving motivation of the bodhisattva. But it's not something that can be intellectually contrived, in my experience, nor is it n...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

It also needs to be understood that in pre—modern times, the whole concept of authority and authorship was completely different. In classical cultures, individual scribes and redactors of texts would never take credit for originating a text. The text was literally ‘the word’, whether or not us moder...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 47
Views: 1676

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:03 pm
A fisherman gets pulled into the water by a huge fish, and swallowed.
Strong resemblance to the myth of Jonah and the whale. I guess that must be something about archetypes, although I know we don't go in for that kind of talk around here.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 57
Views: 2450

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

I first discovered Buddhism mainly through books I bought at Adyar Bookshop (long gone now.) For me and many others, teachers like Ramana (and Krishnamurti) were the first exemplars of Eastern enlightenment we ever encountered. Of course we also read books by Buddhist teachers (notably Shunryu Suzuk...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is love an attachment?
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: Is love an attachment?

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. Yours is actually a very relevant and deep question! Here's an interesting fact - the Buddha's son was named 'Rāhula' - which can be translated as 'fetter'. That says something about the Buddhist attitude to family ties. (It might also be noted that according to...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Confessions of a Zen Zealot
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: Confessions of a Zen Zealot

Can't see any point at all in the anecdote, as such, but I think it's worth giving the homesite a mention. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Are Trikaya levels?
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Are Trikaya levels?

Are Trikaya ontological levels of reality (suchness)? By analogy: subatomic (level), nuclear, atomic, molecular, gene, cellular etc. Dharmakaya is, respectively, the proto (thin) level, and Nirmanakaya - the upper (rough) level? Not at all, not in the least. To see it that way is to look at it thro...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2450

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

in which sūtra are they precisely defined thus? There is, monks, an unborn[1] — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated. If there were not that unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born — become — made — fabricated would be discerned. But precisely be...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2450

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

in which sūtra are they precisely defined thus?

And aren't we on the slippery slope to nihilism in saying that? That nothing is real whatever?
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2450

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Śākyamuni Buddha is not the original Buddha. There is no original Buddha. Is there an unborn? An unconditioned? An unmade? Because I would have thought that the Tathāgata, having 'realised the unconditioned', is a manifestation or, or embodiment of, the unborn, unmade and unconditioned. Of course, ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2450

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Most of such "Mahayana ideas" are present in non-Mahayana sources, like Dharmaguptaka, Mahasamghika, and Sarvastivadin teachings. For sure, and I did acknowledge that 'the Mahāyāna will say that these were all at least implicitly present in the Buddha’s original teaching.' That is part of the geniu...

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